White House: Trump receives new letter from Kim Jong Un

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Trump alluded to the letter in a late-night tweet thanking Kim for the return of remains of dozens of USA soldiers killed during the Korean war, which arrived in Hawaii on Wednesday.

The White House says President Donald Trump has received a letter from North Korea's Kim Jong Un, following up on the two leaders' June summit in Singapore.

Trump tweeted early Thursday his thanks to the North Korean leader "for your nice letter - I look forward to seeing you soon!" White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the letters addressed their commitment to work toward North Korea's "complete denuclearization".

The White House did not provide details on the specific content of the letter from Kim, received Wednesday, or of Trump's reply.

A Kentucky soldier who went missing in 1950 during the Korean War has been identified by his remains.

But questions have deepened over Pyongyang's commitment after US spy satellite material detected renewed activity at the North Korean factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States.

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She said the letter was received on Wednesday.

The Trump Administration has lauded Pyongyang's return of fallen servicemen as a successful outcome of the summit, at which a four-point agreement was reached between the two leaders. About 5,300 were lost in what is now North Korea.

Last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told senators that Pyongyang was continuing to produce fuel for nuclear bombs. The timing would coincide with the U.N. General Assembly meeting when world leaders gather in New York City.

While it has taken longer than some had hoped, a U.S. State Department official said the process had so far proceeded as expected, and the handover rekindled hopes for progress in other talks with North Korea aimed at getting it to abandon its nuclear weapons programme.

But it is not clear if those remains have been repatriated as well.

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